A few weeks back, Council President Verna called City Council powerless when it came to Mayor Nutter's decision to close library branches. To refresh your memory:
Verna went on to say that City Council and the public will have their say during the budget hearings that will begin in February. She believes that additional hearings will only give the public "false hope" that library closures can be reversed and the town hall meetings provide ample opportunity for public input.
Earlier today, Judge Idee C. Fox interpreted things a little differently than the Council President:
Her decision was based, as Clout points out, on section 16-203 of the Philadelphia Code, passed in the 1980s, disputed in court in 1988 and never resolved:
And just a little while ago, Mayor Nutter released a statement essentially reiterating President Verna's point of view:
Though the eventual outcome of this dispute is far from clear, one thing is certain: we're all going to learn a whole lot more about the Home Rule Charter by the end of this.